The Bluest Eye, published in 1970, is the first novel written by Toni Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature.
It is the story of eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove--a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others--who prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning and the tragedy of its fulfillment.
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Toni Morrison’s controversial first novel is a no-holds-barred account of the dark, rippling effects of systemic racism. In rural Ohio in 1941, a fragile African American girl named Pecola internalizes her world’s narrow notions of beauty and wishes for only one thing: a pair of blue eyes. Pecola—whose home life is treacherous and violent—navigates her troubled world alongside her friends Frieda and Claudia. Morrison paints a harrowing picture of growing up Black in Jim Crow–era America, but her rhythmic, poetic reading adds a sense of beauty and hope to even the darkest passages. Listening to The Bluest Eye is a truly special experience, adding depth to this iconic novel and letting us bask in the glorious talent of the late Nobel laureate.
Powerful story. Vividly cut's to the core of the American psyche to reveal the effects of growing up in an environment that was never meant to
nurture but defeat the soul. A true classic!
hard to get through
The intention of the book is worthy, however the structure of this book is a failure. The book is extremely descriptive which drowns out the plot and makes for a fuzzy image. Multiple characters narate the book which adds an extra layer of confusion. Writing style is outdated and poetic which for some is a form of literary genius. However, genius is the ability to simplify a complex idea. This novel surely did not do that.